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On Newtown, Mourn First, Then Act

Robert 206 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 6:31 AM
His mother knew he was mentally ill, possibly dangerous, yet bought weapons and taught him how to use them! Obviously, a mother's love trumped rationality and commonsense.

On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times. ... And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

There's just one problem: In a democracy, politics is a synonym for "democracy." It is through politics that people with strong feelings and strong interests peaceably hash out their disagreements. When politicians say they want to do something regardless of the politics, or that they want...